When it comes to clean eating you have to find recipes that will accommodate your busy lifestyle. the best way to do this is to prepare meals in advance that you can just grab and go! This will allow you to have meals ready for you at home so you are not tempted to “grab something on the go” from you local fast food place.
There are SO many recipes for food items that you can make in only a short amount of time! Just think, cook a few things on Sunday evening and you will have meals that will last you all week! That is exactly what I do. I will prepare meals that I can keep in the fridge (and I will honestly freeze the other half of the items that I cook so they will last me longer than a week if needed). As the saying goes:
Fail to plan….Plan to fail!
Today I will share with you something that can be made in LESS THAN an hour and this meal can last you for a few days! You can make these type of meatballs with any type of ground lean meat (ground chicken, lean beef, bison, venison, or any other type of meat of your choice!
What you will need:
- 1 package of lean ground meat (in this recipe i used 99% lean ground turkey)
- 1 whole egg
- 1 egg white
- 1/3 cup of oats (you can add anywhere from NO oats to a full cup of oats. Adding more will increase the macro-nutrients of your meal)
- 1 tsp cilantro
- 2 tsp of low sodium meat seasonings (Mrs. Dash is a GREAT option but McCormick and other generic brands also offer various good options as well) OR you can use any other type of spices that you would like (get creative and throw in a different variety of things)
- You can add diced onions, peppers, tomatoes, or any other veggies that you would like!! For this batch i did not add any of those items
What you will do:
- Set the oven to 350 degrees
- get a cookie sheet and line it with a sheet of foil
- Mix all of the above ingredients in a mixing bowl
- mix all of the ingredients together
- get a 1/3 measuring cup and scoop the mixture into the cup and slightly pat it down to get any air pockets out.
- You can make the scoop somewhat level (this will yield 8-10 balls depending on how much you level off your scoops
- Drop the contents of the measuring cup evenly throughout the baking sheet (make sure to spread them out somewhat so they are not directly touching each other. You can also use a muffin tin if you do not have a cookie sheet. Spritz the muffin pan with olive oil so they will not stick. Just place the contents of the measuring cup in each slot in the muffin tin)
- After all of the mixture is scooped up and evenly distributed place them in the oven.
- It will take anywhere from 20-35 minutes for them to cook. You will have to watch them to see how quickly they start to brown on the outside and cut one to make sure they cooked thoroughly.
- Sit and let cool
With each meal I will suggest eating 2-3 meatballs. This will yield approximately 4-6 oz of meat per serving. You can pair these with veggies, rice, sweet potatoes, or any other sides of your choice! In the morning I will grab a few of these, toss them in a container with some veggies and other side dishes and have a full quick meal ready for lunch (or dinner!). You can garnish these with salsa or any other sauces that are your favorites. As with any sauces be careful how much you drizzle on them! Some sauces pack a lot of calories so try to stick with lower calorie options to keep your meal healthy and low on calories.
Like I said previously you can get creative and add/substitute other things to this to make this dish how YOU like it.